Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Cher Winters has now become a suspect in the murder of George Kiss in Hollyoaks.
The bombshell was revealed at the end of an E4 first-look episode full of twists and turns on Monday (April 26), where James Nightingale (Gregory Finnegan) stepped up to represent John Paul (James Sutton).
James was immediately urged by his law partner Verity Hutchinson (Eva O'Hara) to turn over the case to someone else because he's too personally involved, but he scoffed at the suggestion.
The arrangement also caused problems between James and Ste, when Ste questioned whether his boyfriend was so eager to prove John Paul's innocence could be because he was the one who killed George
"Now that you bring it up, his death has been rather convenient for you," James pointed out in reference to George threatening assault charges against Ste.
At the same time, Cher (Bethannie Hare) was dealing with yet more trolling on social media from people accusing her of murdering the abusive copper. George's ex-boyfriend Dean was also spotted lurking around the car park.
Dean explained to James that George's death "was the only way this was ever going to end" because the police officer constantly pushed his partners.
"It doesn't mean that John Paul's innocent. It just explains why George is dead," Dean insisted.
James was left at a loss over how he could help John Paul, so he was forced to have a very difficult video chat with his client (who remained locked up in jail).
"They're building up a case, once they get the forensics back," James tearfully explained. "I wish there was an alternative, I really do. If we do this now, we have time. We can do a deal with the CPS which means you won't have to spend a lifetime in prison.
"I'm sorry John Paul, but I think you should plead guilty to manslaughter."
Meanwhile, the McQueens were stunned when DS Cohen arrived at The Dog with brand new evidence — a photo of Cher arguing with George on the day of his death!
Is Cher actually the murder culprit?
Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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